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San Juan Islands Kayak Inn to Inn Vacation

Today is my first day back to work after getting home from Seattle and I can't believe that two days ago I was kayaking in the San Juan Islands. We had a wonderful time kayaking - all of us. Your staff were awesome and the tour was great. We had beautiful weather as well. You made our trip a wonderful experience. Thank you!!!
Linda Gowans

Kayak Inn to Inn Summary

Does your ideal vacation include sea kayaking along rocky coastlines... paddling between small remote islands in search of sea birds, seals, porpoise, river otters, having the amazing opportunity to kayak with killer whales (orca whales) passing by in the distance and at the end of the day retreating to the most luxurious inns and dining at the best restaurants in the San Juan Islands? Let Crystal Seas take care of all the logistical details and provide you with all the activities and fun you will want on your next vacation!

Length: These tours range from 2-6 days in length.

Includes: We provide all accommodations, transportation, kayak gear, breakfast, picnic lunches, dinner* and a happy hour beverage of your choice after the days activity**. You will need to bring personal clothing and toiletries, a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure.
*Our 4, 5 and 6 day tours allow one night for the guests to explore town on their own. This evening's dinner is not included in the cost of the trip.  **We do not cover the cost of alcoholic beverages with dinner.

Accommodations: Our Inn to Inn Kayak Tours include staying at the Outlook Inn and Turtleback Farm Inn on Orcas and Tucker House and the Friday Harbor House on San Juan Island. Each inn will cater to the most discerning guest as we choose the best of the best. Enjoy breakfast at your inn with ingredients from local farms. If your expectations are high then this tour will exceed them!

No experience is necessary.

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.

Recommended to bring:

    • Personal clothing & toiletries
    • Cash for tipping your guide
    • Comfortable footwear
    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun block
    • Lip balm
    • Camera
    • Hat

Helpful Travel Info

If you are traveling by car it is best to leave your vehicle parked at the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes, Washington. It is best to arrive 45-60 minutes before your sailing to allow time for parking your car, getting to the ferry and purchasing your ticket.

Make sure to check your confirmation packet for meeting time and location.
 

  • Bald Eagles
  • Shorelines
  • Sea Stars
  • Seals
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Lighthouses
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • Sunsets
  • Madronas
  • Blue Herons
  • Bull Kelp
  • Lavender Farm
  • Moran State Park

Gourmet Meals:

  • Fresh

    All meals are prepared fresh for you by your guides.

  • Local

    We support our local community and source many of our ingredients from farmers and providers right here in the San Juan Islands.

  • Organic

    Eco friendly, sustainable, and GMO/pesticide free. A way of life for many islanders.

  • Personalized

    Please inform us of your dietary preferences so we can prepare your custom meals. We can accommodate all eating preferences and allergies

*This is a small sampling of our many meals. Exact meals may vary based on dietary restrictions, allergies, food and beverage availability, trip duration and guide choices.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long of a drive is San Juan Island from Seattle?

    We are about a 2 hour drive from Seattle to Anacortes and then a beautiful 1 hour 20 minute ferry ride to Friday Harbor. Arrive to the Anacortes ferry terminal about 30-45 minutes before scheduled departure time if you are walking on the ferry and 1.5 to 2 hours before scheduled departure time if you are bringing your car to San Juan Island. We have a shuttle from the ferry in Friday Harbor to Snug Harbor on Mitchell Bay where our tours depart from, for those who wish to leave their cars at the Anacortes ferry terminal. For ferry fees and schedules visit the Washington State Ferries website. You can also fly to the San Juan Islands from Seattle, click on Kenmore Air & San Juan Airlines

  • Do you take beginners?

    Yes. All of our tours are designed with the beginner in mind. On all of our tours we give a safety & kayak lesson. All of our tours are guided so you will have an instructor near you the whole time.

  • What happens if there is a single person or an odd numbered group?

    We use tandem (double) kayaks for all of our San Juan Island tours. If there is an odd number then one person will be in a kayak with a guide or someone from another odd number party.

  • Can you accommodate my food requirements on your multi-day tours?

    Yes. We will send you a questionnaire when you make your reservation and our guides will plan accordingly.

  • Will I see whales on my tour?

    Our kayak route offers one of the best opportunities in the world to see wild orca whales from a kayak because we paddle 1-2 days (depending on trip type) in a federally designated whale habitat. Since we can’t guarantee that they will show up on every kayak trip, we offer the option to increase the odds to over 90% by spending one afternoon aboard a whale watch cruise aboard the Odyssey. The resident J, K, and L pods of orcas have recently been put on the endangered species list so our goal is to respect them, abide by the guidelines and not to paddle aggressively into their path. We will give you a lesson at the beginning of the tour for appropriate kayaking behavior near wildlife.

  • What kinds of wildlife could we see?

    Some of the local flora and fauna are Bald Eagles, Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers, Pigeon Guillemots, Pacific Harbor Seals, Orcas (Killer Whales), Dall's Porpoise, Great Blue Herons, Ochre Sea Stars, Blood Stars, Pacific Madrones, Douglas-firs, Western Cedars, Bull Kelp forests and Eel Grass beds.

  • Are all meals and drinks included in the cost of the trip?

    We cover all meals on our 2 and 3 day trips, from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. On our 4, 5 and 6 day trips we allow one night for our guests to explore Friday Harbor on thier own, this evening's dinner is not included in the cost of the trip. Our guides will give you some suggestions of places that are popular among the locals. We provide all our guests with refeshing, non alchohlic, beverages throughout the tour. If you have a favorite drink that you would like us to have on hand, please note your favorite drink in the questionairre you return to us. Our guides will also provide the group with a 'happy hour' beverage after the days activity. We provide Washington state wines or if you perfer beer, we can pick up a cold 6 pack of your favorite Washington variety.

San Juan Islands Kayak Inn to Inn Schedule:

2-Day/1-Night - $780 per person

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: We will meet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks located on the west side of San Juan Island. After a lesson in kayak safety, we will paddle along the rocky shores of Henry Island in search of wildlife. Be on the lookout for orca whales, porpoise, seals and bald eagles. You will be served a picnic lunch on the beach. This evening we will dine at an amazing local restaurant, where you can enjoy locally grown cuisine prepared perfectly by the restaurant's owner. Afterwards you can relax at one of the top rated inns here on San Juan Island.

Day 2: Breakfast will be well worth getting up for; made fresh and homemade by your innkeepers. This will give you the energy you need for your day on the water. We begin our day paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we'll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles and other sea birds.  Once off the water, your guide will bring you back into Friday Harbor in time for your next adventure.

*A Whale Watching Cruise aboard the Odyssey is also an option for today.

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Saturday-Sunday from April through October

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
877-732-7877

3-Day/2-Night - $1280 per person

Itinerary - 3 Day Kayak Inn Tour (Saturday - Monday):

Days 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Your guides will greet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks on Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we'll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Tonight we will check into one of the top rated inns on San Juan Island and then enjoy Pacific Northwest cuisine at one of Friday Harbors top restaurant's.

Day 2: After a delicious breakfast prepared by your innkeepers, we will head out to circumnavigate Henry Island. We will paddle past a bird sanctuary and into orca whale territory. This evening we will dine at the one of the top restaurants well known in our community for incredible local ingredients and fantastic dining experiences.

*A Whale Watching Cruise aboard the Odyssey is also an option for today.

Day 3: Today we enjoy our final breakfast together and paddle the eastern side of San Juan Island. We follow the coastline looking for seals and other marine mammals; we will take a break for lunch on one of the remote beaches that we pass along the way. Afterwards, we will shuttle back to the ferry to say our good byes by mid-afternoon. 

Itinerary - 3 Day Kayak Inn Tour (Friday-Sunday):

Days 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Your guides will greet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to Jacksons Beach. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Today you will paddle the eastern side of San Juan Island. We follow the coastline looking for seals and other marine mammals. We will take a break for lunch on one of the remote beaches that we pass along the way. This you can enjoy dinner at the one of the top restaurants well known in our community for incredible local ingredients and dining experiences. Tonight we will check into a top rated inn and then enjoy Pacific Northwest cuisine at one of Friday Harbor's finest restaurant's.

Day 2: After a delicious breakfast prepared by your innkeepers, we will shuttle to our kayak docks on Mitchell Bay. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we'll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles and then retreat back at your inn until dinner.

Day 3: This morning we enjoy our final breakfast together and then we head out to circumnavigate Henry Island. We will paddle past a bird sanctuary and into orca whale territory. Afterwards, we will shuttle back to the ferry to say our good byes by mid-afternoon. 

*Whale watching is also an option for today.

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Saturday-Monday and Friday- Sunday from April-October

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
877-732-7877

4-Day/3-Night - $1780 per person

Itinerary - 4 Day Kayak Inn Tour (Monday - Thursday):

Days 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Your guides will greet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks on Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then head out to circumnavigate Henry Island. This route will lead us past a bird sanctuary and into prime orca habitat. We will stop for a picnic lunch on Posey Island and then weave along the wooded shores lining Mosquito Pass until we reach our docks. Tonight we will take you to experience Northwest cuisine at its finest at one of our top restaurant picks in Friday Harbor.

Day 2: This morning your innkeeper will prepare a delicious breakfast for you and then we will shuttle you to the west side of San Juan Island. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we'll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles.  Tonight we allow time for you to explore Friday Harbor on your own. We can recommend some places to eat that are not part of the trips itinerary. Please Note: Dinner on this night of this trip is not included in the price of the tour.

*A Whale Watch Cruise aboard the Odyssey is also an option for today.

Day 3: Today we will take the ferry to Orcas Island and then shuttle you to Deer Harbor. From here we will head out into the Wasp Islands with our kayaks, weaving in and out of pebble stone coves; paddling from island to island in search of bald eagles, harbor seals and harbor porpoises. This evening you can enjoy a beautiful hotel room at either the Outlook Inn or Turtleback Farm Inn. Dinner will be at one of Orcas Islands' fabulous restaurants.

Day 4: After a delicious breakfast we will shuttle to North Beach to paddle along the Northern shoreline of Orcas where you might see bald eagles perched in old growth Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch. After todays paddle we will drop you off in time to catch your plane or ferry.

Itinerary - 4 Day Kayak Inn Tour (Tuesday - Friday):

Days 1 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Your guides will greet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks on Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Enjoy amazing views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we'll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Tonight we allow time for you to explore Friday Harbor on your own for dinner. We can recommend some places to eat that are not part of the trip itinerary.

* Please Note: Dinner on this night of your trip is not included in the price of the tour. *A Whale Watch Cruise aboard the Odyssey is also an option for today.

Day 2: Today we will take the ferry to Orcas Island and then shuttle you to Deer Harbor. From here we will head out into the Wasp Islands with our kayaks, weaving in and out of pebble stone coves; padding from island to island in search of bald eagles, harbor seals and harbor porpoises. This evening you can enjoy a beautiful hotel room at either the Outlook Inn or Turtleback Farm Inn. Dinner will be at one of Orcas Islands' fabulous restaurants.

Day 3: After a delicious breakfast we will shuttle you to North Beach and paddle along the Northern shoreline of Orcas where you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch. This evening we will enjoy dinner with a view at one of the best restraunts on Orcas Island.

Day 4: For the last day of your tour we will take the Washington State ferry to scenic Lopez Island. On our kayak trip today we will explore the shores of Lopez Island. Lopez is famous for its rural roads, but its coast line is even better. Keep an eye out for an array of marine mammals and the plentiful water fowl; Lopez is home to the tufted puffin. After todays paddle we will drop you off in time to catch your plane or ferry.

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Tuesday-Friday and Monday-Thursday from April-October

* Please Note: Dinner on one night of this trip is not included in the price of the tour.
Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
877-732-7877

5-Day/4-Night - $2180 per person

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Your guides will greet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks on Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then head out to circumnavigate Henry Island. This route will lead us past a bird sanctuary and into prime orca habitat. We will stop for a picnic lunch on Posey Island and then weave along the wooded shores lining Mosquito Pass until we reach our docks. Tonight we will take you to experience Northwest cuisine at its finest at one of our top restaurant picks in Friday Harbor.

Day 2: This morning your innkeeper will prepare a delicious breakfast for you and then we will shuttle you to the west side of San Juan Island. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we'll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Whale watching is also an option today. Tonight we allow time for you to explore Friday Harbor on your own. We can recommend some places to eat that are not part of the trips itinerary.         

Day 3: Today we will take the ferry to Orcas Island and then shuttle you to Deer Harbor. From here will head out into the Wasp Islands with our kayaks, weaving in and out of pebble stone coves; padding from island to island in search of bald eagles, harbor seals and harbor porpoises. This evening you can enjoy a beautiful hotel room at either the Outlook Inn or Turtleback Farm Inn. Dinner will be at one of Orcas Islands top rated fine dining restaurants.

Day 4: After a delicious breakfast we will shuttle you to North Beach and paddle along the Northern shoreline of Orcas where you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch. This evening we will enjoy dinner with a view at one of the best restraunts on Orcas Island.

Day 5: For the last day of your tour we will take the Washington State ferry to scenic Lopez Island. On our kayak trip today we will explore the shores of Lopez Island. Lopez is famous for its rural roads, but its coast line is even better. Keep an eye out for an array of marine mammals and the plentiful water fowl, Lopez is home to the tufted puffin. After todays paddle we will drop you off in time to catch your plane or ferry.

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Monday-Friday from April-October

* Please Note: Dinner on one night of this trip is not included in the price of the tour.
Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
877-732-7877

6-Day/5-Night - $2580 per person

Day 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Your guides will greet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to Jacksons Beach. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Today you will paddle the eastern side of San Juan Island. We follow the coastline looking for seals and other marine mammals; we will take a break for lunch on one of the remote beaches that we pass along the way. This evening we will dine at the one of the top restaurants well known in our community for incredible local ingredients and fantastic dining experiences.

Day 2: After a delicious breakfast prepared by your innkeepers, we will head out to circumnavigate Henry Island. We will paddle past a bird sanctuary and into orca whale territory. Whale watching is also an option on this day. This evening we will dine at the one of the top restaurants well known in our community for incredible local ingredients and fantastic dining experiences.

Day 3: This morning your innkeeper will prepare a delicious breakfast for you and then we will shuttle you to the west side of San Juan Island. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we'll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Whale watching is also an option today. Tonight we allow time for you to explore Friday Harbor on your own. We can recommend some places to eat that are not part of the trips itinerary.

* Please Note: Dinner on this night of this trip is not included in the price of the tour.

Day 4: Today we will take the ferry to Orcas Island and then shuttle you to Deer Harbor. From here will head out into the Wasp Islands with our kayaks, weaving in and out of pebble stone coves; padding from island to island in search of bald eagles, harbor seals and harbor porpoises. This evening you can enjoy a beautiful hotel room at either the Outlook Inn or Turtleback Farm Inn. Dinner will be at one of Orcas Islands top rated fine dining restaurants.

Day 5: After a delicious breakfast we will shuttle you to North Beach and paddle along the Northern shoreline of Orcas where you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch. This evening we will enjoy dinner with a view at one of the best restraunts on Orcas Island.

Day 6: For the last day of your tour we will take the Washington State ferry to scenic Lopez Island. On our kayak trip today we will explore the shores of Lopez Island. Lopez is famous for its rural roads, but its coast line is even better. Keep an eye out for an array of marine mammals and the plentiful water fowl, Lopez is home to the tufted puffin. After todays paddle we will drop you off in time to catch your plane or ferry.

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Sunday-Friday from April-October

* Please Note: Dinner on one night of this trip is not included in the price of the tour.
Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
877-732-7877

Prices, times and tour location subject to change. Prices per person based on double occupancy in US$.

Please contact us for custom dates and trip lengths.

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